Ice Plant Mix (Mesembryanthemem criniflorum) - 250 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 1-12
Named after its crystal like texture on its foliage, Ice Plant makes for a stunning border or ground cover. This mix produces masses of red, orange, pink, white or purple flowers. Ice Plants are most reliably perennial in the drier, less humid climates of the western US. They tend to be annuals in cold, wet climates like Madison, Chicago, and Cincinnati, but will be longer lived in the zone 6-8 areas of the Appalachian mountains and Eastern Seaboard. (Remember that many drought-tolerant plants are one or two zones less cold hardy in wetter climates.) It should be mentioned that in regions where Ice Plants are annuals in the ground, they should be used as container plants as they are fast-growing and colorful when cascading over the edges of their pots.
Direct sow seeds in late fall, pressing them lightly into the surface of the soil since they need light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30-60 days before planting; keep the soil moist until germination, which usually takes place within 14-21 days. This seed can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in the spring; transplant the seedlings outdoors after the last chance of frost. Water seedlings until they become established, but do not overwater. Mature plants tolerate drought well and make an excellent choice for dry slopes, rock gardens, or other dry and sunny locations. These plants may reseed themselves in favorable growing conditions
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